Most Oregon residents are not aware that negligence in the medical field is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. When medical negligence results in injury or death, legal action can be pursued. A family in another state was recently awarded $4 million from a lawsuit they filed after their family member died as a result of negligence. The deceased was a soon-to-be mother that died during child birth. The lawsuit claimed the woman's physicians and medical providers failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent the young mother's untimely death.
According to the lawsuit, the young lady became anemic during her pregnancy which meant she had an increased risk of death if she suffered bleeding. While undergoing a cesarean section, the patient suffered an injury to her bowel, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit claimed that this bowel injury caused the young mother to lose one-fourth of her blood.
Plaintiffs claimed their family member also suffered an atonic uteris, which caused her to lose even more blood. Accusing the defendants of negligence, the lawsuit claimed that the defendants failed to give the patient the needed blood transfusion in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the lawsuit said young mother went into cardiac arrest and died by the time she received a blood transfusion. A jury determined the defendants were negligent and awarded the family of the deceased woman $4 million.
The vast majority of health care providers in the state of Oregon and across the country are highly skilled and highly trained professionals that work hard to take care of patients. As in all walks of life, mistakes will happen. However, when mistakes happen in the medical field, patients and families have to live with the consequences. Victims of medical negligence and their families could greatly benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney and filing a claim.
Source: Stoughton MA Patch, "Family Of Stoughton Woman Awarded $4 Million In Fatal Malpractice Case", Daniel Libon, Oct. 17, 2017